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Don’t wait until it’s too late

  • Published at 06:14 pm October 9th, 2018
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It is time for the developed nations of the world to wake up and act -- this is the only planet we have

Too often, it is only when a situation is beyond repair that we lament on what we could have done to prepare ourselves better.

UN’s recent report should be ringing alarm bells right now, but are we doing the needful?

In the sobering report, the United Nations predicts that unless major changes occur in all facets of society, and the way humans live, the world’s temperature will pass the moderately safe 1.5C mark in just 12 years, which means, by 2030, global climate chaos will be “unprecedented in scale."

Despite countless warnings from environmental scientists and activists for decades, the world continues to drag its feet in tackling climate change, and it is about time world leaders are held accountable for their years of negligence.

Though some nations have finally woken up to this fact, and the Paris Agreement in 2015 was a major step, the richer countries of the world simply must do more.

It is truly shocking that even after a tremendous volume of scientific evidence presented about the catastrophic effects of climate change, a large chunk of the world’s population, and indeed its leaders, still fail to understand just how precariously poised the world is.

When it comes to countries at grave risk of the adverse effects of climate change, Bangladesh is near the top of the list, and it is grossly unfair on developing countries such as ours, who have a small carbon footprint, but pay the price for the actions of richer nations.

It is time for the developed nations of the world to wake up and act -- this is the only planet we have.